POSTED Thursday, October 13

If academic promise is measured proportionately to national standardized test scores of a class’s cream of the crop, District 279 is in good shape. And as the crops are growing, the cream is spreading.

The 19 Osseo Area Schools seniors that were named 2012 National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their performance on the 2010 Preliminary SAT exams make up the largest group of District 279 students to earn National Merit recognition in the past four years.  

POSTED Wednesday, September 14

Readers took the photos. Readers submitted the photos. So it’s only appropriate that readers get to vote for their favorite photos in the second annual Southwest Metro photo contest.

View the lineup of photos here, and vote for as many photos as you’d like once every day through September 30. The Reader’s Choice winner, given to the photo with the most votes, will get a gift certificate to a local shop or restaurant.

POSTED Friday, September 2

If you see me at the Maple Grove Community Center on Sept. 10 sniffing and swirling a glass of wine with a raised eyebrow and a sophisticated look that says “Yes…I see, I see,” be assured, I have no idea what I’m drinking.

But I’m never one to shy away from tastings, and that goes for anything edible, from foreign foods, to wine to whisky. That’s what makes the Taste of Maple Grove an ideal atmosphere for a guy like me. With nearly 20 different local restaurants offering food, I plan on “tasting” three days worth of meals. And that’s after the wine seminar (from 5:30-7 p.m.).

POSTED Tuesday, August 23

The District 279 Foundation is off to the races to ensure kids have the proper reading materials in their schools’ media centers. The first-ever Reading is Fun 5K Run/Walk, held at the Elm Creek Park Reserve Acorn Area on September 24, will have a series of races to fit different interests and experience levels. The 1K family run/walk starts at 11 a.m., the 5K run starts at 11:20 a.m. and the 5K walk starts at 11: 50 a.m. Registration is at 10 a.m. All those registering on or before August 26 will receive a free T-shirt.

POSTED Tuesday, August 9

Do you have dreams of being a magazine editor or writer? There’s no better place to test your writing and creativity than with an editorial internship at a vibrant magazine publishing community.

POSTED Wednesday, August 3

August is here, and for all you photographers, that means it’s time to let your lens do the talking. Maple Grove Magazine’s second annual Focus on Maple Grove Photo Contest gives all you photo enthusiasts—whether you consider yourself a pro, amateur, hobbyist or beginner —a chance to display your work in our pages.

POSTED Monday, June 27

Providing kids with a quality education on a day-to-day basis is enough of a reward in itself for most schools. But getting validated with an official accreditation certainly doesn’t hurt. The Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) recently accredited Maple Grove’s Cedarcrest Academy for the eligibility period of 2011 to 2018.

POSTED Friday, June 17

The Maple Grove Farmers Market, organized by the City of Maple Grove in 2004 and stationed outside of the Maple Grove Community Center (12951 Weaver Lake Rd.), needs little introduction. With over 50 vendors and a slew of dedicated shoppers in attendance every Thursday in the summer months through Oct. 20, it’s easy to see why it was rated as one of the Best Farmers Markets in the Twin Cities by CBS.

POSTED Thursday, May 26

The library is no longer just a place full of dusty books. Not in the 21st century. And certainly not in Maple Grove. Hennepin County Library is now offering a couple high-tech perks, and you don’t even have to step foot inside the building—although the new 40,000 square-foot facility that opened last May at 8001 Main St. N. is always worth the trip.

POSTED Friday, May 13

Pitt Blue PatioWhen Pittsburgh Blue (11900 Main St.) first arrived in Maple Grove, I thought, “Nice. We could use an upscale steak joint.” But I knew that basic identity would only go so far in the burbs.